Friday, February 27, 2009

1 Corinthians, Chapter 11

Mankind can come up with some pretty silly things. This chapter is hard to write about because it is basically Paul trying to weed through the asinine arguments and judgments of the church in Corinth so he can re-direct them to focus on Christ again. As I read this, it really seems like the people of Corinth got caught up more in how something was done rather than the why. Nothing frustrates me more.

28A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. – 1 Corinthians 11:28-32

There is nothing wrong with a moment of self-reflection in prayer. I think sometimes that we get lost in presenting what we want done to God without taking a moment to reflect on what we need to change in our hearts. That is what I think this little moment is for. If we lose track of the sacrifice that Christ made for us we can easily lose our own faith. Considering the sacrifice for a moment re-orients us spiritually. It gets us back on the right path and steers us away from the petty arguments mentioned in this chapter.

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